100 Minutes War update:
CHANGE OF VENUE !!!!!!!
Due to a events beyond the organizers’ control…the 100 Minutes War has been moved to:
The Ukrainian Homestead
They apologize for any inconvenience this move has caused and extend many thanks to the Shire of Eisental for lending the event their site.
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Moscow has a attraction: the Zhivaya Istoriya (Live History) theme park in the Rumyantsevo district, a theme park dedicated to historical re-enactment. he first organization to use the park was the Russian Military History Society who presented the Streletskaya Sloboda (Marksman Settlement) festival in August 2013.
The Coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II, (or Their Highnesses Host a Party for Their Majesties…).
Their Royal Highnesses have chosen a lovely lake-side spot to celebrate their coronation. They would have you come and make this a weekend to remember. Last court of Gregor and Kiena is scheduled for 11am. We hope to serve feast about 6pm.
2pm in the porch section of the main hall: Accessibility Hour with Alayne – Come by and chat regarding any accessibility questions or ideas you might have with the new Accessibility Porter. Warning: she may try to get you to Do Stuff.
A meeting of the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble will be held in the porch section of the main hall between the coronation ceremony and First court. We estimate this to be at approximately one in the afternoon.
A delicious day board will be prepared by the revered Arianwen of Urquhart. Anyone who has been lucky enough to sample her food will attest to the pleasure that it evokes. Recipes are in keeping with the AngloSaxon tastes of our new King UPDATE: Arianwen will be unable to join us due to a death in the family. Johan Wanderer and the rest of the kitchen staff will attempt do justice to the plans and recipes she has worked so hard on.
There will be a feast prepared by Fergus Redmeade and Elspeth Kyfe of Neddingham; mistress of House Lucerna. “Above the salt” will feature very fine and elegant fare and will be seated inside the hall which is warmed by two large fireplaces. “Below the salt” will feature slightly simpler fare and will be seated in a large tent overlooking the lake.
UPDATE: “Above the salt” seats are SOLD OUT! There is a waiting list. If you ask for “above the salt” you will be given “below the salt” reservation(s) and on the waiting list for “above the salt”.
Anyone who would like to entertain at the event is encouraged to contact Fionan MacLeoid (Fmacleoid@oakstarministries.com)
There will be some bear pit heavy list fighting for those for whom court is not enough excitement.
The local fencing marshal has started rumors of fun fencing activities possibly at unconventional times.
Merchants are welcome at coronation. Spaces will be outdoor spaces available on a first grab, first served basis. The best spaces will be on the main field into which we are not allowed to put tent stakes, so please plan your shelter accordingly. Please see Ascelinne de Chambord when you arrive and she will help you find a spot.
On Saturday there will be a person in the booth when you enter. Please let them know if you are staying overnight. If you are staying over night DO NOT take a ticket. If you are NOT staying overnight, please take one ticket per person so they will have an accurate count of day trippers only.
There is no deadline for reservations, but it is not advisable to send checks less than one week before the event.
NOTE: ‘Below the salt’ will be seated under a tent near the hall. This will be in the evening on a brisk fall evening. Please dress accordingly and bring enclosed flame lamps for lighting.
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Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, at Their Summer's End event in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THL Ysabel Graver.
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A fragment of cloth from a flag the flew over the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485, sold to an anonymous private collector for £3,800 ($6,150) at auction last Saturday. The 6.5-inch by 5.5-inch piece of gold and red fabric is a remnant of the standard of Henry Tudor, who after his victory over King Richard III at Bosworth would become King Henry VII. From the auction house press release:
The fragment had been passed around over the years as an amusing after-dinner thought,” [auctioneer Charles Hanson] said.
“Our vendors are obviously aware of its social value today since the imagination of what happened at the Battle of Bosworth will keep historians debating for years to come. I am just delighted such a fundamental accessory to that 1485 battle has been unearthed only months after finding King Richard III in a Leicester car park. As an auctioneer, I thrive on the social relevance such bygone artefacts had on society. If only this fragment could talk I am sure it could tell us so much.”
The flag fragment is mounted in a frame along with a description of its history dated November 13, 1847. It’s been in the same family ever since then. Doubtless the result of 400 years of oral transmission, aka a very long game of telephone, the description gets some key facts wrong. It claims the piece is:
A relic of the Standard taken from Richard III at the battle of Bosworth Field, August 22, 1485. The enclosed relic was taken from Standard in Stanton Harcourt Church deposited by the tomb of one of the Harcourts, who was the Standard bearer to Richard III.
The glaring inaccuracy in this account is whose standard the fragment came from since we know it to be Henry Tudor’s rather than his royal opponent’s. The piece was taken from the Bosworth flag hung over the tomb of Henry’s standard bearer, Sir Robert Harcourt, Knight of The Bath. Sir Robert died five years after the battle, around 1490, and was buried in the Harcourt Chapel in St Michael’s Church, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire. The tattered remains of the standard he bore were hung above his effigy.
Across from his tomb is that of his grandfather, also named Sir Robert Harcourt, and his wife Margaret Byron. The elder Sir Robert was initially a Lancastrian with a front row seat to the inception of the War of the Roses. He escorted Margaret of Anjou from France to England in 1445 to marry King Henry VI. Things began to go south in 1448 when he killed fellow Lancastrian Richard Stafford at Coventry. He was pardoned for killing Stafford by the king in 1450, but the murder launched a feud between the families that would last for 38 years, long outliving Robert.
As a result of the feud, Harcourt’s Lancastrian loyalties were sorely tested. He was already suspected of having Yorkist sympathies in 1459 and by 1463 he was a confirmed Yorkist. King Edward IV made him a Knight of the Garter that year and he fought for Edward in the siege of Alnwick Castle. For his great services in the capture of Alnwick, Robert was granted £300 a year for life. He died on November 14th, 1470, at the hands of a bastard son of William Stafford of Grafton and 150 Stafford retainers.
By 1485, the Harcourts were Lancastrian again, now fighting on Henry Tudor’s side. The Staffords took the other side and fought for Richard at Bosworth. The next year, Sir Humphrey Stafford of Grafton and his brother Thomas co-led the first uprising against King Henry VII after Bosworth, conspiring with Francis Lovell, 1st Viscount Lovell. The Stafford and Lovell Rebellion was quickly suppressed. The Staffords picked a fight in Worcester which was a stronghold of support for Henry, while Lovell thought better of putting his neck on the line and fled to Burgundy. The Staffords took cover in a monastery from which Henry removed them by force, engendering a big brouhaha about the right of sanctuary that resulted in a Papal Bull that excluded sanctuary entirely in cases of treason. Thomas Stafford was pardoned. Humphrey Stafford was executed at Tyburn. The feud between the Harcourts and the Staffords died with him.
In an unrelated but nonetheless satisfying coincidence, the Harcourt family, Norman French descendants of the Viking yarl Bernard the Dane, fought with William the Conqueror and settled in England after the Battle of Hastings. William granted them estates in Leicestershire and they made their family seat in, you guessed it, Bosworth. The family seat only moved to Oxforshire in 1191 when yet another Robert de Harcourt inherited the Stanton manor from his wife Isabel de Camville’s father. The town of Stanton was then renamed to Stanton Harcourt and the Harcourts have been there ever since. They still own the manor house although it hasn’t been the family seat since the 19th century.
The Leicester City Council has approved plans to construct a UK£4m Richard III museum on and around the car park where the king's remains were discovered. The building is expected to be completed in 2014. (slideshow)
sanc·tion noun \ˈsaŋ(k)-shən\ :the detriment, loss of reward, or coercive intervention annexed to a violation of a law as a means of enforcing the law1.
In an announcement posted today on the Society Seneschal’s web page, the Office of the Society Seneschal, which has been working on this project for over a year, is making it’s new proposed Sanction Guide available for review by the populace and is requesting commentary on it. In addition to the new guide, a set of proposed changes to Society Law (Corpora) that are required to support the new Sanction Guide are also available. Copies of these two documents have been made available on the society seneschal’s webpage. The announcement reminded readers that these are a matched pair, and neither one should be reviewed in a vacuum. Members may also request a hard copy of these changes by mail or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The article stated that commentary will be open for 60 days and concludes December 28, 2013. It went on to indicate that comments should be sent to comments@SCA.org or sent via postal mail to SCA Inc. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036. Those submitting comments are encouraged to include the specific page and section numbers to which their comment applies.
According to the Society Seneschal’s website, the plan is to hopefully put this in front of the board for approval at the January 2014 board meeting. The website also suggests that those with direct questions for the Society Seneschal may contact him via email.
Sir Modius von Mergentheim, Society Senechal expressed special thanks for their feedback to individuals who have gone through the sanction process in the past and to those who provided feedback through the society seneschal’s unofficial Facebook page. In addition, he indicated that others involved in this project included the Grand Council, past society seneschals, kingdom seneschals, members of the royalty and past board members.
Editor’s Note: While the Gazette welcomes commentary and discussion here, please remember comments on this website will not necessarily be read by the Seneschal and are not part of the official record of commentary.
1 Sanction. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved September 30, 2013, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanction
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Mineko of Twin Moons reports that Their Majesties Ivan and Ian'ka of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have placed Franbald of Loncastre on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Chivalry.
Patrons of the Ames Free Library in Easton, Massachusetts were transported back to the Middle Ages when members of the Society for Creative Anachronism offered them a history lesson, with the group demonstrating its skills in crafts and combat. A photographer from the Easton Journal was on hand to capture the activities.
By popular request, here is the list of the twenty articles we posted yesterday for All Request Sunday:
Saint Anselm of Canterbury and Charismatic Authority
Sickness and Sin: Medicine, Epidemics and Heresy in the Middle Ages
The diagnosis and context of a facial deformity from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Spofforth, North Yorkshire
The Battle of Agincourt: An Alternative Location?
A stitch in time (Bayeux Tapestry)
From Flax to Linen: Experiments with flax at Ribe Viking Centre
The Serpent in the Sword: Pattern-welding in Early Medieval Swords
Into the frontier: medieval land reclamation and the creation of new societies. Comparing Holland and the Po Valley, 800-1500
The Queen and her consort : succession, politics and partnership in the kingdom of Navarre, 1274-1512
What do We Really Know about Medieval Women?
Behind the Veil: The rise of female monasticism and the double house
Transvestite Knights: Men and Women Cross-dressing in Medieval Literature
How important was the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 to the Rise of the Seljuk Turks?
Spectacles through the ages and period inaccuracies
“In this our lightye and learned tyme”: Italian baths in the era of the Renaissance
Illness and Disability in Twelfth and Thirteenth-Century Notarial Documents in Medieval Toledo
The uses of secular rulers and characters in the Welsh Saint’s lives in the Vespasian Legendary
Sound, body and space: audience experience in late medieval English drama
The Imposition of Society on Medieval Irish Sport
The church of the Sagrada Família, final masterpiece of architect Antoni Gaudí and an icon of Barcelona, was begun in 131 years ago and is still unfinished. When the cornerstone was laid on March 19th, 1882, the church was to be built according to a neo-Gothic design by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, but he resigned in 1883 over conflicts with consulting architect Joan Martorell and architect Josep Maria Bocabella, founder of the Association of the Devouts of Saint Joseph created to promote the construction of a church dedicated to the Holy Family. Martorell was offered the job of head architect but he declined and suggested his protégé Gaudí.
Gaudí was just 31 years old when he headed the call to build the new church. It would become his life’s work and he committed to it almost exclusively from 1915 until he was hit by the number 30 tram in 1926 and died at the age of 73. He was buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Família. The church was between 15 and 25 percent complete at the time of his death. Construction continued under Domènec Sugrañes i Gras who had worked for Gaudí for 20 years. It was Sugrañes who finished the façade of the Nativity over the next 10 years.
Then the Spanish Civil War ignited and work on the church stopped in 1936. Catalan anarchists set fire to the church crypt, to the school Gaudí had built on the site for the children of the workers, and most damaging of all for the fate of the building, to Gaudí’s workshop which contained all his plans, drawings, notes and models. He didn’t use blue prints, preferring to make 3D models and make changes organically as he went along. Those models were essential, therefore, to the execution of the church Gaudí had envisioned.
In 1939, architect and Gaudí collaborator Francesc de Paula Quintana i Vidal picked up the pieces, restoring the crypt and painstakingly reconstructing the models that had been damaged during the war. Using the rebuilt models as guide’s to Gaudí’s vision, construction resumed on the ravaged church. Since then, a number of architects have taken up the mantle, adapting the design as they deemed necessary, something Gaudí himself did all the time, but since nobody but Gaudí is Gaudí, any and all changes have caused controversy.
Still, construction continues inexorably, sometimes more vigorously than others depending on how well fundraising is going. The church is entirely privately funded and over the years financial bottlenecks have occasionally slowed traffic to a crawl. A major milestone was passed in 2010 when the roof over the main nave was completed and an organ installed. This meant the church could finally be used for services. It was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI on November 7th, 2010, at a mass attended by 6,500 indoors and 50,000 outside.
In 2011, the construction committee announced a completion date of 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death. Sort of. If not 2026, then surely by 2028. Maybe. Let’s face it, they still don’t know. It’s such a complex project and there are so many variables that the only way we’ll know for sure the Sagrada Família is finished is when it’s actually finished.
Since that is indubitably a long way off, here’s a wonderful digital rendering of the remaining construction and the final triumph to tide you over.
Rogues, vagabonds, and wandering poets... characters from D&D or perhaps a videogame? In the medieval underworld of the Islamic Middle East, these shady characters made up the Banu Sasan, "a hidden counterpoint to the surface glories of Islam’s golden age." Mike Dash has the feature article for Smithsonian's Past Imperfect blog.
The United States has returned a silver rhyton in the shape of a griffin to Iran 10 years after it was seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is a shocking development, to say the least. When I first wrote about the rhyton languishing forlorn in an ICE warehouse in Queens in 2010, the notion of repatriation was so remote as to seem impossible. ICE special agent in charge of cultural property James McAndrew put it bluntly: “This piece can’t go back.” Arranging for the return of looted artifacts is the kind of thing diplomats do, and the US and Iran haven’t had diplomatic relations since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
They still don’t, but there were some baby steps taken this week, including the first phone call between the two heads of state since 1979. On Thursday, September 26th, the US State Department took another step in the thawing of relations and returned the silver griffin rhyton. From the State Department’s announcement:
It is considered the premier griffin of antiquity, a gift of the Iranian people to the world, and the United States is pleased to return it to the people of Iran.
The return of the artifact reflects the strong respect the United States has for cultural heritage property — in this case cultural heritage property that was likely looted from Iran and is important to the patrimony of the Iranian people. It also reflects the strong respect the United States has for the Iranian people.
This was a relatively simple gesture to execute with a major payoff in goodwill. As soon as he landed in Tehran President Hassan Rouhani described the return of the rhyton to assembled reporters.
“The Americans contacted us on Thursday [and said that] we have a gift [for you]. They brought this chalice to the [Iranian] mission with due ceremony and said this is our gift to the Iranian nation,” Rouhani said.
He said that the historical artifact was very precious to the Iranian nation and added it should be safeguarded as it is “the symbol of the ancient civilization” of the country.
Iran is justifiably proud of its magnificent history, and this rhyton is an exceptional piece of it that was illegally exported from the country in a particularly painful episode of looting. The ceremonial libation vessel was made around 700 B.C. during the pre-Achaemenid period before the founding of the first Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century B.C. It was stolen by looters from the Kalmakarra Cave, known as the Western Cave, halfway up a cliff in the western highlands of Iran sometime between 1989 and 1992.
The details are nebulous because looters aren’t really into site documentation, and archaeologists weren’t able to explore the find before the vultures descended. Hundreds of artifacts, anywhere from 230 to 500 objects from the 3rd millennium to the 7th century B.C., were found in the cave, a vast compendium of Iranian material history of the highest quality. Silver bowls, vases, dishes, silver human masks from the Akkadian Empire, furniture fittings, some gold ears (probably originally attached to wooden statues of deities) and at least 20 silver zoomorphic figurines and libation vessels in the shapes of ibexes, lions attacking bulls, sheep, goats and one very special imaginary animal: the griffin.
Looters devastated the site, destroying the archaeological context in their thirst for salable treasure and leaving many unanswered, possibly unanswerable, questions about the hoard and how it got there. One working theory is that this was part of the royal treasury of the last kings of Elam hidden from the Assyrians who sacked Susa, the capital of the independent Elamite kingdom, in 647 B.C. Another possibility is that these precious objects belonged to an important temple and were stashed in the cave by devotees to keep them out of Assyrian hands during the same period.
Iranian authorities have worked since 1989 on finding and seizing the stolen artifacts, and it has not been easy. Pieces of the Western Cave Treasure have been found in museums, collections, retail galleries and auction houses in the United States, France, England, Switzerland, Turkey and Japan. The recovered artifacts are now on display in several Iranian museums.
We don’t know what happened to the griffin rhyton for a decade after the discovery of the treasure. It surfaced for the first time in Geneva in March, 1999. It was shown to a private US collector there by antiquities dealer and accomplished loot pimp Hicham Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art. This prominent New York collector, who would later spill the whole story to the US Attorney, was very interested in the griffin, but refused to buy it without confirmation that it was an authentic ancient Iranian piece.
In February of 2000, Hicham Aboutaam packed the rhyton into his suitcase and carried it to Newark International Airport by hand. He submitted a commercial invoice declaring it to be of Syrian origin to Customs, and then spent two years securing expert opinions to reassure the buyer that it was an authentic ancient Iranian piece, specifically one of the artifacts from the great Western Cave Treasure. Three experts weighed in on the artifact, a metallurgist in Los Angeles, a German expert and one in Maryland. The metallurgist confirmed the composition of the silver was in keeping with objects made in 7th century northwest Iran; the German expert straight-up called it as one of the silver pieces from the Cave; the Maryland expert noted the many features it has in common with artifacts in Japan’s Miho Museum reputed to be part of the Cave Treasure.
The last expert (Maryland) signed off on his appraisal in May of 2002. In June, the New York collector wired Hicham Aboutaam the last payment and bought the rhyton for a grand total of $950,000. The Feds got wind of this dirty sale and issued a seizure and arrest warrant for the griffin and Aboutaam in December of 2003. The collector threw Aboutaam under the bus and was not prosecuted. On June 14th, 2004, Aboutaam pleaded guilty to a pathetic single misdemeanor count of presenting a false import claim. The maximum sentence was a year in prison and a fine of $100,000. He was sentenced to pay a $5,000 fine. That’s it. This is why dealers keep selling goods they know to be looted. They literally have nothing to lose. Five grand is tip money to this … person who, let’s recall, made almost a million dollars from the sale.
Okay. Calming down. In with anger out with love. This is a happy day because the rhyton has been liberated from its sad warehouse limbo and been welcomed home where it will join its brethren from the Western Cave Treasure on public display in a museum.